Orange Co. discovers 8th case of rabies this year - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

Orange Co. discovers 8th case of rabies this year

Posted: Updated:
HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. -

The Orange County Animal Services Department received its eighth positive rabies result of the year, from the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health, it announced on Wednesday afternoon.

The county recorded 12 positive cases last year.

The case originated Tuesday, when a Chapel Hill resident's dog attacked a raccoon.  The resident had spotted the raccoon moving slowly under her porch earlier that morning, but it retreated into the woods after noticing her.  After the attack, the resident called Orange County Animal Control to remove the raccoon for testing.

"Prevention is the best measure for effective rabies control," Bob Marotto, director of Animal Services, said in a statement.  "Ensuring cats, dogs and ferrets are current on their rabies vaccinations is one of the most important responsibilities of a pet owner, since it can quite literally be the difference between life and death." 

The dog in this case was currently vaccinated against rabies and will receive a booster shot, authorities said.

According to the state's rabies law, if there is "a reasonable suspicion of exposure," a dog or cat with a current vaccination must receive a booster shot within 120 hours (5 days).  By contrast, an unvaccinated animal must either be destroyed or quarantined for a period of six months.

Rabies is rooted in reservoir species, such as raccoons and bats. If there is any possibility of exposure, citizens should immediately call Animal Control or 911.

Meanwhile, Orange County's Low-Cost ($10) Rabies Vaccination Clinics are underway and the next clinic will take place on Thursday  from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Animal Services Center in Chapel Hill. 

The cost for rabies vaccinations is $10.  Microchips will also be offered at this clinic for $25.  For future clinic dates, please visit www. orangecountync.gov/animalservices 

For more information, please call Orange County Animal Services at 919.942.7387.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Couple arrested for having sex on Cortez Beach in front of beachgoers

    Couple arrested for having sex on Cortez Beach in front of beachgoers

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 1:08 PM EDT2014-07-22 17:08:35 GMT
    Bradenton Beach police officers were dispatched to Cortez Beach after a few people called 911 and complained about a couple having sex publicly, right next to a little girl on the beach.
    Bradenton Beach police officers were dispatched to Cortez Beach after a few people called 911 and complained about a couple having sex publicly, right next to a little girl on the beach.
  • Largest companies by revenue in each state

    Largest companies by revenue in each state

    Thursday, July 10 2014 8:01 PM EDT2014-07-11 00:01:10 GMT
    Broadview Networks recently decided to find out the biggest -- by revenue -- company in each state in the US.The company used the Fortune 500 list to start with, but needed data by state, so it turned to Hoover's.With data from that company, they were able to search through each state's list of companies and then find the largest -- by revenue.Just flip through the list above and see who is the biggest in each state, what town they are based and their revenue.
    Broadview Networks recently decided to find out the biggest -- by revenue -- company in each state in the US.The company used the Fortune 500 list to start with, but needed data by state, so it turned to Hoover's.With data from that company, they were able to search through each state's list of companies and then find the largest -- by revenue.Just flip through the list above and see who is the biggest in each state, what town they are based and their revenue.
  • Durham mom says she didn't try to give away kids on Craigslist

    Durham mom says she didn't try to give away kids on Craigslist

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:48 AM EDT2014-07-23 04:48:05 GMT
    A mother of five says an ad she posted on Craigslist, in which she asked for someone to "take her five kids," was not what it seemed.
    A mother of five says an ad she posted on Craigslist, in which she asked for someone to "take her five kids," was not what it seemed.
Powered by WorldNow

WSLS 10, P.O. Box 10
Roanoke, VA 24022-0010

Telephone: 540.981.9110
Fax: 540.343.3157
Email: news@wsls.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.